Stars Coming to the American Queen in 2012

The Grand Saloon, a replica of Ford's Theatre, aboard the American Queen

The Grand Saloon, a replica of Ford's Theatre, aboard the American Queen

One of the great features of the Great American Steamboat Company’s new steamboat American Queen is the Grand Saloon, a place for nightly showboat-style entertainment and dancing to swing and big band music. The company has just announced a series of celebrity entertainment that will perform on select sailings.

Night after magical night, top entertainers will bring down the house in the American Queen’s majestic Grand Saloon. Two decks tall, the Grand Saloon is absolutely palatial, the most elegant showplace on the river. Every evening, guests will be treated to a different celebration of America’s best music, from Broadway hits to Dixieland Jazz, big band to bluegrass, ragtime to rock and roll. Showboat-style cabaret acts and old-fashioned radio shows add variety and charm to the evening lineup.

In addition to the musical celebrities, Great American Steamboat Company is also bringing back the Riverlorians, an historian of the river. Mary Charlton, who served as Riverlorian aboard the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen in the past is returning in her starring role.

Currently Scheduled Entertainment
(Note: Entertainment may be subject to change.)

Glenn Miller Orchestra
The big band show, with a sound of its own, draws rave reviews performing original arrangements of classics that defined a generation. Swing, sway or just tap in time with nostalgic tunes like In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo and many others.
Sailings: July 27, August 3, December 28
Harry James Orchestra
Directed by Fred Radke, who played first trumpet for the master himself and is held in esteem by jazz greats, the incredible orchestra stirs memories of the good old days with hits including All or Nothing at All, Ain’t She Sweet, Up a Lazy River and more.
Sailings: April 19, April 27
Rat Pack Show
Guests will close their eyes and swear it’s Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. Amazing performers evoke the sounds and memories of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, backed by our onboard orchestra. Enjoy hits that include Fly Me to the Moon, That’s Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody, New York, New York, When I Was Seventeen and others.
Sailings: May 8, May 15, May 22, June 28, July 18, October 22, December 14
B.J. Thomas
The voice is unmistakable and the audience will return to the late 60s and early 70s as the legendary B.J. Thomas sings his chart-topping songs, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, Hooked on a Feeling, I Just Can’t Help Believing, Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song and others.
Sailings: July 11, July 18, July 22
The Lovin’ Spoonful
Playing the hits that put them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band will transport the Grand Saloon to the 60s with their great songs, including Do You Believe in Magic, Daydream, Summer in the City and Nashville Cats.
Sailings: July 11, July 18, July 22
The Platters
The original doo-wop act brings back the sound of the 50s with the songs that became classics: Only You, The Great Pretender, My Prayer, Twilight Time, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and others.
Sailings: September 7
Bill Haley’s Comets
The genesis of rockabilly and early rock, Bill Haley’s Comets will have guests moving to energetic hits like Rock Around the Clock and Shake, Rattle and Roll.
Sailings: September 7
Annie Moses Band
This incredible classically trained family will have everyone in the holiday spirit performing seasonal music. Featured are violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, piano and stunning vocals.
Sailings: November 19, December 9, December 14
The New Orleans Jazz All-Stars
These maestros of the Big Easy’s jazz scene will take the American Queen on a journey through the history of a purely American music genre.
Sailings: April 13, April 19
Juggernaut Jug Band
Steamboaters will delight in the authentic form of river music known as “jug music.” Rooted in the port towns of the Deep South, jug music includes styles of swing, jazz and bluegrass, performed by Juggernaut’s amazing artists.
Sailings: May 4, May 29, September 28, October 12
Storefront Congregation
Graze on their smooth blend of bluegrass, country and blues and it will be known why the band is called “bluegrass’s newest sensation.”
Sailings: April 27

Contact Sunstone Tours & Cruises toll-free at 1-888-815-5428 to book one of these fabulous steamboat cruise vacations on the Mississippi River.

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Posted on December 10, 2011, in Great American Steamboat Company, Mississippi River, MIssissippi River / Inland Rivers and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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